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Optimizing a Dwarf Pistolero for maximum single-target damage per round?

First, I'm only interested in rules-as-written supported tactics and strategies. No creative interpretations, no GM adjudications necessary. The only exception to this is that my GM has preemptively ...
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If my team-mate absorbs a creature we have been fighting, will the rest of the party still gain EXP?

My DM is playing a DMPC along with our party, as well as the standard DM role. During an encounter, his PC absorbed a gelatinous cube, and is saying that because it was not a true kill, the rest of ...
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Action: Reaction how it works in 5E D&D

Correct me if I'm wrong but if say my initiative put me first but I wanted to attack after a certain event can I use my action as a reaction to use my attack actions(multiple attacks) and bonus action ...
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Are ability scores above 20 possible without magical means?

Is there any way to have ability scores above 20 without having magical items? Or is this the only way? Background of why question was asked: I guess if it is, it is then up to the DM to decide ...
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Is there a way for a ranger's pet to deal magic/ranged damage?

We've got a ranged beastmaster ranger with a raptor pet that has been re-fluffed as a phoenix. Said ranger is really keen for his pet to be doing lots of attacks, so we've houseruled Twin Strike to be ...
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Can I use my bonus action to have my mount Dash?

If my character has a bonus action that can be used to Dash and is on a warhorse with speed of 60 feet, that seems to mean I can shoot my short bow, move 60 feet, bonus action another 60 feet in one ...
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How to keep spellcasters from becoming too underpowered when the magic moon resets? [closed]

Magic is the result of an omnipotent terraforming satellite the size of a small moon, but all the accumulated tweaks and additions to its API used by spellcasters will reset during a double-eclipse ...
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Does Magic resistance allow a creature to know it has been targeted?

In 2nd Edition AD&D does natural Magic Resistance allow a creature to know when it has been targeted by a spell if it resists the spell? (some spells do not make the target aware it has been ...
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Does Living Link allow Magic Resistance?

The AD&D second edition spell living link can be found in the Complete Book of Necromancers. It states the target of the spell receives no saving throw due to the fact the target does not know it ...
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Does the Favored Enemy feature count when using INT skills?

The Ranger's Favored Enemy feature gives Advantage to Intelligence checks when trying to remember information about your enemy. Does that count when making an Intelligence (History) check, for ...
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If leave the Astral Plane do my magic items get weaker?

So the party traveled to the Astral Plane and found this old underground temple that is full of kids living in there. They have some really powerful magical weapons (they don't even know what they are ...
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How visible/noticeable is psychic damage, and spells which inflict it?

Following on from this question: Is a creature aware that a Hex or Hunter's Mark spell has been cast on it? If someone suffers a significant amount of psychic damage, how would it manifest on ...
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Where can I find cyberpunk face-cards?

I'm searching for cyberpunk-themed face cards, like Paizo's. If I just search "face cards" on google I find random, completely-unrelated stuff, and I'm not sure what else I could search for. Either ...
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A player takes half a standard action, what am I supposed to do?

I've got a problem with how to define half a standard action. The hold portal ritual takes 1 standard action to cast. This is so the player can use it in combat. Now this player wants to create a ...
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Should encounters be adjusted to a full-magic party?

I am still a new GM and I am building a session for 3 first-time players. After discussing the game, rules and setting, all of them are interested in playing magic characters (Draconic Sorcerer, Druid ...
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How can I make an overweight character? [closed]

I'm going to start off by saying that this will be my very first time playing any sort of tabletop role-playing game. I know what I'm about to ask may be questionable due to the whole epic fantasy ...
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Is there an Aberration with a Negative Energy Breath Weapon at all in the lore?

Whether it's from D&D (any version) or Pathfinder doesn't really matter, this is lore/flavor intended anyways so I don't need the mechanics. I just need the name of the creature and where I can ...
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How to justify a Lord dedicating much needed resources to a meaningless village? [closed]

I am running a D&D campaign, in which my players are helping a village on the edge of a large empire. The empire has just won a war against a Daemon race and they are busy restoring order to the ...
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Savage Worlds vs. Traveller for a Science Fiction Campaign

I'm thinking of starting up a RPG group with some similarly minded friends, but unfortunately, we're not 100% on which setting to go with. I'm going to be GMing the group, and its fallen to me to ...
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What monsters are depicted in D&D 3E's Iconic novel, “Oath of Nerull”?

Although T. H. Lain's books frequently don't reveal the names of the monsters and spells they feature, they seem to all be sourced directly from rule books, and I've generally been able to use the ...
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What are the limitations on powers usable with Unleash Spell Power?

The Spell Commander Paragon Path, described in Dragon Magazine 381 and available to Artificers, has the level 16 feature named Unleash Spell Power, which has the following text: Unleash Spell ...
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Does Polyglot cover Secret Tongues?

From Rogue Trader p. 104: "Polyglot: The Explorer has an innate ability to derive meaning from unknown languages and make himself understood using this intuitive grasp. He treats all languages ...
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Is it confirmed that the Hammer of Thunderbolts is intentionally based on Mjolnir?

In Viking Mythology, Thor has 3 prized possessions: First a hammer, Mjölnir. To be able to wield it properly, he must also wear his magical belt Megingjord to increase his strength, and his iron ...
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651 views

Using more than one spell on a scroll

Playing Pathfinder I have come to realize there is minimal literature on putting multiple spells on a single scroll (or just am not looking in the right places). I am stumped on how to do this. Can I ...
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What's the BAB for Spiritual Weapons created by Crown of Swords?

Crown of Swords creates something like Spiritual Weapon, but the user has to spend charges to allow the weapon to continue attacking. Now, Spiritual Weapon says that the weapon gets the BAB of the ...
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Can I run AD&D's Tomb of Horrors in D&D 5E?

I'm hoping to run a 5th Edition version of the original S1 Tomb of Horrors very soon for my group, as a break from our larger 4E campaign. The problem is, I only have the Basic Rules and the playtest ...
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Seeking special abilities standard hit chance

So, I was checking this question, Do 'Seeking' ranged weapons work against nonconcealment miss chances? (3.5) and I noticed that it stated in a comment that "Seeking weapons ignore normal miss ...
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What is the relevance of Flame Blade being “wielded like a Scimitar”?

In the description of the Flame Blade spell, it is mentioned that You wield this bladelike beam as if it were a scimitar. What is the relevance of that? Does it mean that since my Druid is a ...
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Would a tracking spell work on a Black Court Vampire?

If you had something that belonged to a Black Court Vampire (clothing, hair, a tooth. etc.) could a Wizard perform Thaumaturgy to create a Tracking Spell to locate the vampire? The reason I ask is I ...
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What energy type has less chance for resistance

I am currently playing a level 7 Magus in a pathfinder group, almost level 8. I was considering to buy an elemental metamagic rod, so that when I use spellstrike with shocking grasp, I can try to ...
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Extra Attack, Crossbow Expert, and hand crossbow: 4 shots per turn?

In D&D 5e, can a 5th level fighter shoot a hand crossbow 4 times per turn using the Crossbow Expert feat? Extra Attack, PHB p. 72: Beginning at 5th level, you can attack twice, instead of ...
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Center stance bonus clarifications

There are two things that bothers me with the Center Stance, and I can't seem to find definite answers. The Center Stance gives a bonus of 1k1 to one roll, plus your Void Ring. Let's say I have ...
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Is a fire with more oil flasks longer or more intensive or neither?

Say my party anticipates a mummy in that coffin in the back of the pyramid... (Yeah, I know, no one would suspect that, right?) So, before opening the lid, they decided to empty all their flasks of ...
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Is there organized D&D play in Central America?

Although Paizo's website for the Pathfinder Society quickly revealed no organized play between Tijuana and Buenos Aires, the Wizards website is extremely Anglocentric. I am surprised WOTC does not ...
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How do you reconcile conflicting Transhuman Lifepath results in Step 3?

In the Transhuman method of character creation, Step 3 can be rolled multiple times if you get the split or fractured childhoods. What does that mean for your morphs? Do you just default to the last ...
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Help me re-find this role-playing story

I want to find this story again to inspire my fellow newer players to break the mold of role-playing. I remember reading an incredibly inspiring [D&D probably] story about a player who was ...
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An RPG Setting for Low-Powered Space Opera

I'm looking for a setting that's well suited for adventures similar to what we see with Han Solo in Star Wars, or Mal's gang in Firefly. It should be the kind of galaxy where it makes sense for a ...
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Do spells with area effects affect targets that have been swallowed whole?

If my barbarian was swallowed whole by a dragon, would a spell with an area of effect(such as fireball or lightning bolt) hit me? Does the same apply for channeling to heal me? In this question, the ...
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How do factotums interact with truespeak?

I see that a truespeaker's caster level = their ranks in truespeak -3, does this mean that if a factotum found a lexicon he could learn those utterence based on the classes progression?
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Does Lightning Bolt affect everyone in its line of effect?

I'm looking for clarification on a spell effect. The specific spell in question is lightning bolt, 3rd-level Sorcerer/Wizard spell. It has an area of a 120-ft line. Does it pass through enemies? If I ...
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174 views

Lawful Evil …Psychopath? [closed]

This is general question about 9-alignment system used in dnd3.5. It is not specifically tied to any campaign, you can think of it as of mental exercise. The question: How can aggressive/mentally ...
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What happens if the entity a warlock has a pact with is killed?

Fiends and Archfey could be killed by a rival trying to usurp their power. If this is not covered in the 5e RAW, is there a good resource from another edition that could be helpful in determining how ...
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Dex-to-damage houserule to make monk more viable?

I recently started running a Pathfinder campaign with some friends. Two of the players are pretty experienced, two are brand new, and this is my first time DM'ing. One of the new players is playing a ...
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How do I determine how many encounters a dungeon should contain? [closed]

It's come to the point in our game where the party is going to enter the first major dungeon. They started higher level, around level 8, and we have a variable of 5-8 players. The last 3 coming depend ...
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How many times can Hail of Thorns be used per turn?

In a previous question I asked how many times could a ranger attack if he has hoard breaker and extra attack. Now, if he is using a bow and the Hail of Thorns spell is active, can it be activated once ...
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How much is undone by “Ignore your last roll on the Youth Path table” in Lifepaths Step 4?

On page 59 of Transhuman, of the many background events we have: You fall in with the wrong crowd. Ignore your last roll on the Youth Path table and take the Street Rat package (p. 21) for the ...
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Interaction of the Cold extraordinary ability and Grapples

According to the Cold[EX] ability of an Ice Golem An ice golem's body generates intense cold, dealing 1d6 points of damage with its touch. If a Golem were to initiate a grapple, would this ...
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Does the Chokehold feat only apply the penalty when you first establish the pin?

I'm looking into building a monk and I couldn't help but notice the feat Chokehold. It's fairly neat and allows you to suffocate an opponent you hold in a chokehold. Does the initial −5 ...
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Intelligence of Familiar vs Normal Creature?

Familiars are spirits (celestial, fey, or fiend) and take the form of a pre-defined creature when summoned, but are they as intelligent as their "normal" creature counter part? The spell Find ...
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How much does a holocron weigh?

Despite every D20 flavor of the Star Wars RPG dedicating several pages throughout multiple books to the subject of holocrons, not a single one of them appears to mention their weight. My gaming group ...

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